Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas tries to show consistency at Senior Bowl

Logan Thomas
Logan Thomas, left, and other quarterbacks work out during the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. (G.M. Andrews/Associated Press)

MOBILE, Ala. – As he stands in a line with his fellow quarterbacks during a practice with the North team in preparation for the Senior Bowl, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas stands out.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound passer is the biggest of all the quarterbacks on any team, and he also ranks among one of the most athletic. He also has one of the strongest arms of any of the six passers on either squad.
But Thomas has plenty of questions to answer as he prepares for the NFL Draft later this spring.

The biggest centers around consistency – or the lack thereof.

Thomas’s four years at Virginia Tech featured both promise and cause for concern. His first full season as a starter proved his best, as he completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 3,013 yards, 19 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and also rushed for 11 touchdowns. But in his second season, he saw his completion percentage dip to 51.3 percent, and his interception total increased to 16. He threw 18 touchdowns that year. As a senior, Thomas showed some improvement as he completed 56.6 percent of his passes for 2,909 yards and 16 touchdowns. But he threw 13 more interceptions.

Thomas said that naturally, most of the questions that teams have had for him during interviews this week have involved his inconsistent tendencies, and what kind of solution he has sought in the past two months.

Thomas has enlisted the services of quarterback coach George Whitfield as he prepares for the NFL. Whitfield has worked to help Thomas improve his technique.

“Working on my mechanics,” Thomas explained. “It’s not really upper body stuff. It’s lower body and making sure I refine that. … It was stuff I knew I needed to work on, but I didn’t have the time to work on it. I’ve been trying to do it every single chance I get.”

During practices this week, Thomas has appeared to do well.

He has displayed good arm strength, and has limited mistakes, throwing only one interception thus far. Asked his goal for the week, he said, “To show that I’m very consistent, able to take care of the football and that I’m more accurate than most people think I am.”

He added, “Just don’t make the same mistake twice. … I’m confident. I’m getting better, but still have a lot more to do. But, it’s been fun, especially competing with the best out here. I’ve been throwing the ball around to some great receivers and behind a great O-line, and it’s been fun.”

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